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Poster: staggerleib Date: Aug 11, 2012 12:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Battle of The Dead Shows

Yeah, Samba was a bad song, but again, it's difficult to wrap up a whole career in a song.

I would agree, though, that he was mixed into the overall sound very poorly. It's a shame.

And I don't agree that he was not flexible in his playing. He was a great improviser. I just feel that he was still starting to get into the swing. At the beginning, just after the Mag 7 lineup finished, he did have a lot of adjusting to do. Later, he improvised very well.

The story I heard was that his interview/audition was very quick, they heard that he could sing high harmonies, and that he was adequate on the keys. That was the extent of it. They wanted to get back on the road.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Aug 11, 2012 1:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Battle of The Dead Shows

"Yeah, Samba was a bad song..."

Wait till ya get a "Samba" earworm!!


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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Aug 11, 2012 12:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Battle of The Dead Shows

GD were quite the wolf pack at that time, playing grab ass at Brent's funeral, ect. I have also heard about his audition. Maybe later his playing became better, but by then it was almost all over with the band, and few listen to '94 or '95. I never thought he was a negative guy or lazy, maybe way in over his head. I'm sure the Marin mafia didn't exactly open their arms to him, but I could be wrong. His was a tough go any way you look at it.

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